Recipes From the Islamic State’s Laptop of Doom:The black Dell laptop found in an Islamic State safe house inside Syria not only contains instructions for how to weaponize the bubonic plague, it also includes thousands of files that provide a window into how would-be jihadists become radicalized, and how they learn to carry out their deadly craft.
Newsweek Exclusive: Russian Soldiers Reveal the Truth Behind Putin’s Secret War:While Nato sat down for a summit to decide what to do about the war in Ukraine, and Vladimir Putin negotiated a ceasefire deal with Kiev, Russian society recoiled from reports about secret funerals of soldiers killed in Ukraine: missing sons, calls from husbands begging their wives to save them from battle, bodies with missing limbs arriving in coffins to Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg, Pskov, Murmansk, Dagestan and other regions of Russia. The death toll for Russian soldiers jumped to more than 200 soldiers in a few days, between August 12th and September 2nd, in a war that was, officially, not happening.
Louisiana Loses Its Boot:The boot-shaped state of the United States isn’t shaped like a boot anymore. That’s why we revised its iconic outline to reflect the truth about a sinking, disappearing place.
The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys: In a society that demands sons at almost any cost, some families are cutting their daughters’ hair short and giving them male names. This is such a heart-breaking story. These kinds of things should never happen in the 21st century.
Living Simply in a Dumpster:Professor Jeff Wilson of University College went to the dumpster not just because he wished to live deliberately, and not just to teach his students about the environmental impacts of day-to-day life, and not just to gradually transform the dumpster into “the most thoughtfully-designed, tiniest home ever constructed.” Wilson’s reasons are a tapestry of these things.
Love Is All You Need: Insights from the Longest Longitudinal Study on Men Ever Conducted:Why do two men from very similar socioeconomic and educational backgrounds sometimes take very different life paths? Is nature or nurture more important in determining a man’s success in his relationships and career? What physiological and psychological traits present in a man’s younger years predict his chances of living a long, flourishing life? In 1938, researchers at Harvard’s medical school began a study that aimed to answer these fascinating questions and discover what factors lead to an “optimum” life.
David Bromley has lived with prosopagnosia for the past 15 years, since a brain haemorrhage left him unable to recognise faces. He looks in the mirror and sees himself before the injury. He sees himself on TV and thinks, “Who’s that old man”. Prosopagnosia has just been recognised by Britain’s National Health Service as a condition. Julian Keane spoke to David Bromley on Newsday.